17 North Roadside Kitchen 

Dining Description:  Classic American fare with a focus on fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Hours:  Dinner nightly

Price:  $$$

Features:  Staff Pick, Menu, Image

Dining Features:  Online Reservations, Lunch, Dinner

Neighborhood:  Mt. Pleasant

Reviews / Comments (33)

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Use to go there pretty often.We frequent several Mt. Pleasant restaurants alot. My wife and I continue to go back to the same ones that we like.We will not go back to this one ever again.Service was fair but the food was horrible and way overpriced!I ordered a steak that was on par with The Waffle House(nothing vs them) for a quick steak and egg breakfast.Since the new chefs have taken over they have ruined this place. Many other people have noticed as well....This place needs to just become a bar because their food is HORRIBLE. I cannot even rate it since you do not have "negative" stars. I predict they will not be open as a restaurant within 6 months!!!!!

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Posted by The Buckster on October 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Color Me Disappointed...Just past Charleston National Golf Course lies 17 North Roadside Kitchen, Chef Brett McKee’s (formerly of Oak Steakhouse), newest innovation and a big disappointment at that.

If you don’t know where it is you run the risk of driving by it. The design of a “distressed” logo makes it difficult to read and see. But it’s not stopping people from coming, as the parking lot appeared to be somewhat full.

We had early reservations and were seated at a nice table by the window. The restaurant is deceiving. It’s much larger than it looks – about 80 tables including two dining areas and an outside patio. Parking is free, but tricky. I felt like I was parking at a church lawn fete as folks were everywhere! Be that as it may, we began our journey.

We were warmly greeted by the hostesses, although one was so inappropriately clad it made your head spin… Upon being prompted our waiter, Jonathan, said that he had been there about a month and that business was good. The waiters wear white long sleeve oxford (or similar), shirts and jeans, very casual. That’s where the confusion started for me. 17 North seems like it’s in search of a theme.

There are two moderate sized dining areas and a deck. The satellite music is an odd choice (Don Henley, Billy Joel, to name a few…) and LOUD, very loud. But the outside deck has live music. The restaurant is somewhat a mix of old and new (an oddly placed old fireplace mantel), and contemporary furnishings. Very odd. Props though, for the outside seating area which looked warm and inviting.

Now on to our meal… we started with a cocktail and a large bottle of Pellegrino. I had asked for plain water but since we were getting a large bottle, I decided to share. Imagine our surprise when we were served two bottles of Perrier. Our waiter explained that they were out of Pellegrino. I said that I would just have regular water. He then stated that he could only “ring it up one way and we had to have both bottles.” Hmmm, interesting.

We were quickly served warm, cheese and herb biscuits with honey butter. These small, bite size morsels looked great but had zero flavor – zip, zilch, not worth the calories.

We then split the gnocchi with duck and spinach appetizer. Five gnocchi swim in a small dish filled with delicate (not gamey) duck, spinach and great seasonings. But the gnocchi were more like packing peanuts than gnocchi. Jonathan explained that they were “quickly charbroiled” to sear in flavor. I am certain my Italian grandmother would have liked to know she was missing something in the gnocchi cooking process.

For dinner we decided to order each one of the two evening features - a filet and flounder special. To me, the specials of the evening usually represent “prom night” – the restaurant puts its best foot forward and they are usually very fresh. Two thumbs up for freshness, but the rest of the experience was a bust.

The filet arrived undercooked, very rare. The mashed potatoes were a #10 scoop (who thinks this is kitschy?) and cold. The four grilled asparagus halves were also cool, can they spare them, they have a garden out back! The worst thing about the meal (yes, after all of this), was that the steak tasted like it was cooked on a grill that needed to be cleaned. Bleech.

The flounder also floundered. Three nice pieces of flounder were grilled and placed over a bean succotash with lobster. Sounds inviting, right? That’s what we thought. The flounder was covered in black pepper, the succotash was tepid at best (a common theme throughout the meal), and the lobster was downright cold as it must have been added the very last minute. I get that, but really… The restaurant was not busy at all when we were there, could some attention been paid to our meals?

Perhaps the hype has been catching up with the chef. On a menu of 25 items plus side dishes his name is mentioned specifically on three dishes. “Brett’s Calamari”, “Brett’s Eggplant”, “Brett’s Whatever”. Of course they are his dishes, he’s the chef!! Were we to expect “Chuckie’s Calamari”? Seriously.

The biggest disappointment was the bill. The menu displayed on line is very, very vague. It does however, state that the entrees run between $13.00 - $19.00, which they do. At $25.00 and $28.00 for the tepid specials, we felt completely ripped off. The manager did obligatorily stop by to see how things were going – with zero eye contact and zero real interest, so why bother telling him what we really thought as he buzzed by our table?

So if you’re on 17 North, keep driving.

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Posted by susieg on January 7, 2011 at 4:47 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I don't know which was worse, the service or the food. We've eaten here many times before and had great food and excellent service. Apparently they are under new management. We got there and they were out of half of all menu items saying, "They were switching to a new menu."

Then the food we got tasted like leftovers. Even the bread was stale. The server abandoned us for about 30 minutes. We finally asked the bartender to get us a check. I tried to ask one of the other servers but realized she was in the process of telling someone to "F* off." Her words, not mine. We finally got our bill & the waitress slung it on the table with attitude.

The time spent driving out there we could've had a great meal at a downtown restaurant.

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Posted by bb dell on October 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

i threw up twice cause of the food. It was below my standards for food.

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Posted by stephanie5555555 on April 1, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Forgot to add...Two great restaurants in the Mt. Pleasant area : LANGDON'S and OPAL

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Posted by The Buckster on October 29, 2012 at 12:54 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

decent service. one option for pescatarians and that was salmon...not very exciting choices. we also had a reservation and was not seated until 45 minutes afterwards with no apologies from anyone about the wait. will not go back unless something changes

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Posted by scchica on March 14, 2010 at 11:55 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

hey salandro...

So sorry I scared you away from 17N, thankfully I don't work there anymore so we wont see each other :)

FYI: Everyone from back of the house to front of the house works very hard to please every person that comes in that resturant. The Manager Jason, visits every table and makes sure things are to your satisfactory. Brett has done very well with this resturant and it's always improving.

The ONLY negative things about the resturant is the loudness (which is being worked on)and the horrendous customers that have no resturant etiquette.

Other than that, it's a comfortable and family friendly, southern environment.

They have an amazing Chef and I assure you your dining experience will be a good one.

... go back to New York.

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Posted by gucci on June 3, 2010 at 3:34 PM

to set the record straight.. 17NORTH had an answering service (tablemeastro) that accepted the reservations from 8am until 3:30pm.

they overbooked and it caused the long wait time and caos everyone keeps bitching about. I was the hostess at 17 for quite some time, and working in many fast paced resturants I knew how to do the job.

if you were one of the customers that waited "so long" maybe you should've put the drink down and listened to me. because I DID tell you roughy how long it would be until you were seated, and over compensated with apologies.

and yep, i would make you had to wait longer because you were either getting annoying, or just plain dumb. thank goodness i no longer work in F&B and put up with the imbecils in this city.

if you get so upset about having to wait, and you aren't treated like royalty, make your own food.


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Posted by gucci on June 2, 2010 at 12:40 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Sat outside for Easter Brunch right after church that morning. We didn't have a reservation but getting there so early, we were seated right away. The mimosas were fabulous and the grits were to die for! My friend had the shrimp and grits and I ordered the bibb salad and a side of grits. Biscuits were also good. Also the atmosphere was simply divine. Loved the outdoor seating and while we did get a little ash from the fire pit, it was well worth the smells of the outdoors. I would definitely go again.

Posted by rachiegrl6 on May 3, 2011 at 10:43 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

This place is outstanding! The service and staff are top notch - very attentive and knowledegable even beyond the food listed on the menu.

I had the House Smoked Porkchop which was phenomenal - very tender and smoked to perfection. (Get the small size unless your sharing it with another person. I've never said this before.) I am not generally a fan of collards, but these were the exception. A little bit of spice and not overly drowned in vinegar made them great. The macaroni and cheese may be the best I have EVER had.

Considering McKee's reputation as a well-known & respected chef, the food was reasonably priced & the portions were quite large.

I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a great restaurant that is off the beaten path and not submerged with tourists. A must try!

Posted by Snake on April 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Great food, friendly staff! Awesome outdoor patio!

Posted by Daisy23 on March 30, 2011 at 8:58 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I ate at 17 North for the 1st time last night! Unbelievable!!! The chef accommodated my vegetarian tastes beautifully and my non-vegetarian husband said the meat was cooked to perfection! Our service was fast and friendly and we had plenty of attention! I'll be back as often as possible!!

Posted by Banner Radin on January 28, 2011 at 7:15 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Never had a problem. Great food and friendly staff. Excellent experience. High five to them!!!

Posted by horse girl on January 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I've been to 17North at least six times, and I've never had an issue with anything there. The food is always great, our wait time was short, and our server was always friendly and attentive. Yes, sometimes it can be loud, but we usually sit outside.

Posted by dowwy on November 18, 2010 at 10:03 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Great in every way. We where very very pleased. Thank you!

Posted by just beachy on November 13, 2010 at 9:09 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★


Favorite menu items are the Deviled Eggs, Fried Chicken, and Red Velvet Cupcakes. YUM!

Posted by Deb32 on February 10, 2010 at 12:24 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Great food and great service. THe place is great but as mentioned before... it is so loud. I don't know why people forget about their "inside voice" once they get in public. You don't have to shout, you are sitting at the same table.

Posted by -A on June 5, 2010 at 5:08 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

VERY good food and reasonable prices - great value! i love the asparagus and mac and cheese sides, and the crab fritter and fried chicken are amazing as well. great restaurant to bring friends!

Posted by mbmcf on February 10, 2010 at 9:57 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Dinner tonight was awesome. Got there at 6 pm and got a table. We would have been waiting without a reservation at 6:30. We had the specials... parmesan encrusted fried flounder and the slow smoked two pork chops. Unbelievable. Vanilla ice cream over apple cobbler to finish it off was perfect. The only hint of a roadhouse in my mind was the school lunch cafeteria quality flatware. A cheap set of flatware available at any Target would have made the experience a 5 star night.

Posted by OnTheMark on December 17, 2009 at 9:21 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Went last week for dinner with a group. Positives...Found the food to be terrific - we sampled just about everything, including apps. All fresh, well prepared, and excellent service - Negatives...was seated out in closed-in porch - extreamly noisey - will never sit out there again - could not hear the person seated next to you. In main dinning room - felt a bit warm...fireplace, ect - but a lot quieter. Parking lighting a problem especially exiting onto Rt 17 - All in all - an excellent restaurant and great location -

Posted by bh on December 1, 2009 at 12:40 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

It's nice to have a place like 17 North way out yonder for those of us in MP looking for a good meal, after a long day, without having to drive too far. The food is good and the menu is interesting. Love the fact that they are growing their produce on property. Happen to agree about things like the utensils and tiny wine glasses. The prices certainly merit a bit better quality. Overall, food is good and service has been friendly. The outside patio with the fire pit is most inviting, especially unique touch is the marshmellows they provide for roasting!

I usually make a reservation and have not had to wait long for my table, but after reading the former hostess' comments, I'm so glad she's not working there anymore. Makes me think twice about the next time I go, what is the rest of the staff thinking? Do they share the same loathing for the patrons that this person obviously does? Hope Brett has something to add to make me feel comfortable about returning to 17 North because honestly that was quite a turnoff.

Posted by salandro on June 2, 2010 at 8:23 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

New Years Eve- quite disappointing

Went with the family on NYE (went last year and had a great meal), assumed it would be quite crowded, it wasn't (first alert).

We were seated and given a four course menu and told nothing of the menu. There were no prices and my wife was not informed over the phone that the menu would be altered for NYE. Noted on a table talker was information on a wine pairing with each course for $75 total (actually not bad). When we inquired about the regular menu, our server told us they were only serving this menu, but she would check if the kids menu was available. After several discussions, the chef agreed to a kids menu which we did not want, and also to allow the kids to order just an entree (no four course). As we sat, we noticed just about everybody coming in not knowing anything about the change in menu and most would get there menus and look at it puzzled, we saw at least one couple be seated and after several minutes and discussions leave. The owner finally came out and had the hostesses explain the menu upon arrival.

We should have walked when our gut told us too. Service for a non packed restaurant (which most time this place is quite packed) was pitiful, and noted not only in our table, but others around us. A table close by actually called the waitress over to order dessert during dinner. We opted for the wine pairing, the wine was gone before each course got to the table, but the worst was the dessert, 40 minutes after delivering our wine pairing no dessert, no server. Finally my wife went into the back and asked for it to go. No server apologies and we were thinking that table close by that ordered there dessert during dinner knew more than us, they had a better view of the server station in the back.

On the food, the prime rib was cooked right and tasty (was overcooked last year when they had their full menu), creamed spinach was watery and not up to par. Osso bucco was good but could have used more of the base sauce as it tended towards dry especially with the white bean accompaniment.

Overall, a failure for this usually solid restaurant. One suggestion is to put one of the herd of hostesses in the back to help bring the food out quicker.

It will take a while for this sting to heal.

Oh and if you did bring your kids to a nice meal on NYE, and they did want an entree, it was $30. ended up being $50 for the four course (w/o wine).

Brett has some work to do.

Food 3 stars
Service no stars

Posted by ALEYEAST on January 13, 2011 at 8:44 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Went over Memorial Day weekend and as a huge fan of Brett and OAK, I was very disappointed in the experience. We did not have reservations, so we expected to wait and were fine with that. However, when we did get seated (on the porch) it took our server an inordinate amount of time to greet us and we weren't given water or silverware until after we had placed our order. She was apologetic but said they were out of glasses and she had to wait for more to be cleaned?? Food delivery was erratic. We noticed tables that sat before us got their food before us and some that had been there longer still didn't have theirs when we got ours. The menu was appealing but pricey I thought for the portions. I went simple and got a burger which was good, but the side of mashed potatoes were cold and tasted as if they came from a box. Surely Brett would not allow add water mashed potatoes to be served in one of his restaurants??? I agree with earlier comments that this is a side project in sore need of more hands on direction from Brett.

Posted by casualcat on June 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

We went to this place last night. We had reservations for 7:30 - party of 3. I recieved not 1, not 2 but 3 phone calls asking for confirmation for the res.. Desperate was my 1st thought... but we decided to go anyway (it was a toss up between this place or Sette - my old standby). This was our first time dining here. The place was empty and we were seated immediatly. The waitress was very nice.. She explained the menu and answered the questions we had. We all agreed that the food was pricey but we really didn't mind spending money on a great meal however this was not the case. We each ordered an appetizer and entree. The food was just ok...the pasta with shrimp was very bland and the ingredients were nothing special. I honestly felt like I could have done a better job with this dish. The 17 north salad sounded good but when I tasted it, the artichokes were straight out of a can from Walmart. No flavor, very rubbery and the dressing was almost non existent. My husband had the fried chicken. I will simply say he was sick after eating it. However, his side of collard greens were good. The 3rd person in our party had the eggplant parm and that too was blah.. Too much red sauce and cheese - where's the eggplant?!?! The overpowering flavor of oregano ruined it for me. This place has Oak steakhouse prices for less then average food.

On a positive note - the waitstaff was nice and informative. (with the exception of the weird guy who brought out the food. Never said hello and looked at us like we each had 3 heads.

I dont not consider myself a food connoisseur by any means. however, I can appreciate good quality food and I dont mind paying for it. It's fair to say that i will never recommend 17 North or go back. Oh and if you do head to this place, check out the self absorbed pic the owber Brett has hanging up of himself over the fireplace.. I mean come on, really?!?!?!?

Posted by Shank on March 31, 2011 at 8:56 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Will not go back here. Way too crowded and the acoustics are terrible. Waited for an hour for a table (yes, we had reservations) and the service was bad. Order came out wrong and then when they fixed it, the food came out cold. Overall, not a good experience.

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